Coping with a loss is never easy, and services are an essential part of the recovery process. A Funeral service provides those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing and peace. No matter the setting, style, or direction you choose, our professional staff are honored to assist you in creating a service that reflects your loved one's unique life journey.
Today there are a variety of ways to personalize your loved one’s funeral including a choice of final transportation. Duksa Family Funeral Homes offers several options based on your personal needs:
Traditional Hearse. Our impeccably maintained Cadillac hearses and sedans are an excellent choice for traditional, stately funeral processions.
The Farewell Ride Motorcycle Hearse . An alternative to the traditional hearse is a 19th century-style hearse drawn by a V-twin-powered 3-wheel Harley Davidson motorcycle. Duksa Family Funeral Homes helps families create a unique remembrance for the motorcycle enthusiast or any loved one who would have appreciated the nostalgia of a horse drawn carriage.
Family Car . Duksa Family Funeral Homes can also arrange drivers and special cars for you and your family. For some, comforting moments occur in family cars or limousines on the way from one funeral event to another. After an emotional service surrounded by friends and family, some quiet time with immediate family can be calming and grounding.
For families who are reuniting from out-of-town locations for the funeral, it is nice to spend rare time with "just dad or mom and the kids." Many family members also appreciate not having the additional stress of dealing with unfamiliar streets while they are dealing with the intensity of a death. Family cars can be used for airport runs, trips to a nursing home, etc.
To further personalize your loved one’s funeral, we can arrange to lead the procession on a favorite road or past a sentimental place.
There are different elements you can choose from when arranging a burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:
Immediate Burial means that your loved one's physical remains will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
Visitation (also called a "viewing", "wake" or "calling hours") allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one (in an open or closed casket) and gives everyone the opportunity to say goodbye and offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.
Funeral or Memorial Services can take place at a funeral home, in a church or even at your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one. For more information on personalization, visit our page on Celebrating Life.
Graveside, Chapel, or Committal Services are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.
The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case - when you choose to care for the physical remains through cremation, we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service as well. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life: you can provide a chance for friends and family to say goodbye through a final viewing before the cremation, and you can also hold a formal service either before or after the cremation occurs. After the cremation itself, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:
Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in the family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
Graveside Services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You can also choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for internment or another form of disposition.
Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.
*We'll be happy to offer our guidance and relative information regarding the disposition of cremated remains and various religious protocols.